After much anticipated waiting, GM finally introduced the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro lineup at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan before a cheering crowd of Camaro enthusiasts.
Striking a balance between being all-new and retaining the styling that’s made it number one in sales for the past five years, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro looks familiar but appears it’s been working out at the gym.
It’s smaller by and inch or two in every direction and as much as 200 pounds lighter depending on the model, yet looks more muscular than ever.
The body-in-white itself is some 133 pound lighter, and increased aluminum use in suspension and structural components contributed to the rest of the weight savings
Three engines will be available starting with a 275 horsepower 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder which Chevrolet says will offer more than 30 highway mpg and hit 0-60 mph well under 6 seconds.
The mid-level V6 is an all-new 3.6 liter mill with direct-injection this year and cylinder deactivation which should make it both efficient and powerful with 335 horsepower. Both the 2.0 liter and 3.6 liter engines will be available with a six-speed manual or a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The SS will come with the LT1 6.2 liter V8 with 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Standard is a six-speed manual with active rev matching or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic.
Drivers will enjoy an interior that looks a lot like the one before it, but like the exterior is 100% new. The design offers up rich forms and textures, a host of new technologies, and some new features enthusiasts will like.
The instrument cluster has dual analog gauges and has an optional 8-inch high-definition center screen that can be custom configured with things like navigation, performance, and infotainment information.
The center stack also has an 8-inch screen for infotainment, grounded by large rotary style air vents now at the bottom. If you look close you’ll see the HVAC controls are actually dialed into those rotary vents. Slick!
The show and go crowd will like the new LED ambient lighting system which flows across the dash, door panels and center console with 24 different colors. You can set fade and transition effects and even a show display mode.
For the first time drivers will find a drive mode selector, which dials in four modes including Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and track settings for the SS. And that takes us to the suspension and handling.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro gets a new multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension and a five-link independent rear suspension. High performance Brembo brakes will be standard on the SS and optional on the others.
GM’s patented Magnetic Ride Control active suspension will be available on Camaro SS for the first time. They say that with increased power, better suspension, and lighter weight, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS has better lap times than the 2015 Camaro 1LE.
In all, GM says on two parts carry over from last year’s Camaro which would be the the rear bow-tie and SS emblems. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro goes on sale later this year. We’ll bring you a more detailed review when we get behind the wheel very soon.